Kinabalu National Park was one of Malaysia's first national parks and is now a Unesco world heritage site due to the diversity of habitats on and around the slopes of south-east Asia's highest mountain, Mount Kinabalu. The surrounding forests are some of the richest in the world, with more than 2,000 flowering plants including 1,200 species of orchid, various species of rhododendron, pitcher plants and the largest flower in the world, the rafflesia. Many of these species are cultivated in this 'mountain garden' and can be easily found in season from a marked nature trail through the forest with an experienced naturalist guide. For a different view of the forest, visit the Poring Hot Springs area where a canopy walkway has been built in the trees 41 metres above the forest floor, allowing the chance to see various species of lianas and epiphytes.
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